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Ofsted calls for school safeguarding improvements

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More than a fifth of schools are “satisfactory” or worse keeping children safe, according to a new survey by Ofsted.

However, the children’s services watchdog said the measures put in place by the best schools could be replicated everywhere.

New report Safeguarding in schools: best practice offers tips on improving safeguarding from those schools judged to be outstanding between September 2009 and July 2010.

It said that a prioritising of safeguarding on the part of management was a key feature of success in the best schools, and that encouraging staff to draw on the expertise of other agencies and professionals  – such as the local authority - was crucial.

Directors of children’s services have long argued that the work of child protection teams cannot be viewed in isolation.

Chief inspector Miriam Rosen said there was no issue of greater importance to parents and carers than the safety of their children.

“The good practice described in this report is replicable, with a sensible awareness of the local context, in every school,” she said.

“I hope schools can use this report as a practical working document to help them understand the features of good practice and to make improvements where required.”

See file at right to read the full report.

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